The conference activities are divided into five major themes:
Global Political Economy of Higher Education Critical Questions:
What are the driving forces, mechanisms, and potentiality of globalized higher education? How will higher education be shaped by globalizing capitalism, corporatization, and new capacities and demands? What are the consequences for the underdeveloped world?
Restructuring Higher Education Critical Questions:
How will for-profit institutions influence non-profits, and higher education more generally. What are the consequences of "privatization" and market rationality on institutions of higher education, on faculties, administrations, students as consumers, and on claims on public moneys? What are the consequences on income opportunities, inequality, and social mobility?
Higher Education and the New Technologies Critical Questions:
What are the pluses and minuses, advantages and dangers of the new technologies? Will market imperatives influence their use (and/or abuse)? If so, how? Who are the players? Corporations, the state, faculties, consumers? Are we at the beginning of a "revolution" in pedagogy? If so, what are the consequences?
Tasks and Goals of Higher Education Critical Questions:
What is the mission of the University? Teaching and research what? For whom? For what? Are the ideals of Humboldt or John Dewey irrelevant?
Higher Education and the Political: The National and the International Critical Questions:
What is the relation of globalized higher education and modernization? What is the role of the State, international agencies, the UN, NGO's? What are the implications for the emerging global political economy and on global inequality?